SETTING THE SCENE
Just 15 to 20 minutes by car from Wattay International Airport, Ansara Hotel is in a small road with a peaceful atmosphere yet numerous restaurants, cafés, temples, and the Chao Anouvong Park are within walking distance. The hotel is a white, colonial-style building with reddish tiles as a roof.
Passing through the hotel’s lobby, a green grass garden contrasting to the blue swimming pool in the middle was such a refreshing moment before going to the private spaces. The 24 rooms and four suites are divided into four low-rise buildings which stand separate, creating an airy atmosphere.
The concept of the all-private room is in a contemporary Asian design with a Laotian touch. A private balcony with a coffee table is prepared to enjoy a relaxing garden view. The standard room can be chosen from three different types of Savvy Double, Savvy Twin, and Savvy Trio as options.
For the suites, Suite Chanthabouly, Suite Ongteu, and Suite Inpeng are of the same size of 46 square metres, yet vary in styles of decoration, while the Suite Mixay possesses the widest space of 110 square metres with two bedrooms.
All drinks in the mini bar are complimentary, as is a daily basket of fresh fruits, and a hand-woven cotton scarf, laying in front of the draped king-size bed are also complimentary in suites.
Breakfast is served on the second floor of the lobby where a variety of foods are prepared, including juicy local seasonal fruits and splendid croissants. Egg plates and some à-la-carte plates are on a menu list freshly made to order as well as tea and coffee. The Lobby Bar is always open for drinks with a variety of spirits of your choice in a friendly atmosphere.
Continuing to an elegant lunch or a romantic dinner, La Signature is rated in the top five finest French cuisines in Vientiane. The service can be both inside the air-conditioned white colonial building and ‘al fresco’, on an open-air roofed terrace.
WHY I’D RETURN
The location of the hotel is very convenient. It is in a small street yet everything you need in a lazy day is within walking distance. The small food paradise in the hotel’s area was also one of my favourite things on the trip. A public park also sits close by and is a great spot for sunsets. Apart from the place, the staff are very friendly and helpful.
Text by Varistha Borkird / Photos by Pimlada Thanachoknitiwat
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